Unless you are a skier you probably are hoping for a mild winter. I do enjoy some snow, but no blizzards or ice storms please.
Did you run out of salt last year? Did your heating bill spike last year? I was a boy scout and their motto is “Be Prepared.” Are you?
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for this winter season.
- Winter storm Power outage tips: Remember the “Ice Storm.”
- Have flashlights and extra batteries handy. Buy some smaller ones which are easy to carry around the house to supplement the larger flashlights.
- Have some emergency candles and a long lighter similar to the ones used to light a grill. Be careful with the candles and make sure you have them in proper containers or on a plate. Make sure you do not use a propane lantern inside the house.
- Have a portable radio with extra batteries so you can hear the news or any warnings.
- Learn how to cook on a grill or fire in case your stove is out of commission. Have a manual can opener available to open cans.
- Store some water for emergencies.
- If you have a landline, have at least one phone with a cord. Most portable phones will not work when the power is out.
- Keep your gas tank in your car filled when a storm approaches. Fill your extra gas container but be sure to store these containers in a safe place. Do not put gas containers in an attached garage.
- After you lose power unplug major appliances as well as televisions, computers and other sensitive electronics to avoid a power surge when the power is restored.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed during a power outage and consider purchasing a portable generator.
- Save money on your heating bills this winter. Our weather reporters are predicting another cold and white winter. Here are a few tips to remember to help save on your heating bill:
- Lower the thermostat especially when you leave the house for work and at bedtime.
- Make sure your fireplace damper is closed when you are not using it.
- Do not block heating vents and keep them clean. Replace your heater’s filter at least once a month or more often depending on how much you use it.
- Dress warmer and in layers and put an extra blanket on the bed. Exercise in front of the TV instead of being a couch potato.
- Search your house for drafts and caulk windows and doors if necessary.
Be sure to give us a call at 215-885-2200 if you have any questions or concerns about your insurance protection. Your protection and peace of mind is our only business!